Agenda item

To consider an application to grant a hackney carriage vehicle licence

Minutes:

The Licensing and Compliance Specialist submitted a report for the Licensing Regulatory Panel to consider a vehicle for licence which did not meet the criteria of Allerdale Borough Councils Vehicle Age Policy.

 

The Applicant and a representative was in attendance.

 

The application was to consider whether the council departs from the conditions of its Vehicle Age Policy and agree to grant the hackney carriage vehicle licence for any period up to one year.

 

The vehicle was previously licensed as a hackney carriage vehicle, but the licence expired and without a valid renewal application it was considered as a new application.

 

The vehicle was first licensed as a hackney carriage vehicle on 14 November 2018. The most recent license expired on 13 November 2021. An application had been made on 9 November 2021 but could not provide all the relevant documentation before the license expired. All documentation had since been supplied in full.

 

The applicant had requested that the Licensing Regulatory Panel consider licensing the vehicle outside of the Vehicle Age Policy due to their extenuating circumstances.

 

The officer’s recommendation was to refuse the licence.

 

The applicant then gave their representations and answered questions from members.

 

The applicant’s representative advised the Panel that the delay with the application was due to the fact the vehicle required a lot of work doing to it and that work had taken longer that anticipated in the garage. The vehicle had since been repaired.

 

The Licensing and Compliance Officer and the applicant and their representative then left the meeting while the panel considered the application.

 

Members considered the application, the officer’s report, and representations from the applicant and advice from officers. The Panel also considered relevant legislation, the Vehicle Age Policy and the purposes of the licencing objectives.

 

Councillor E Lynch moved the motion to grant the hackney vehicle licence for one year.

 

This was seconded by Councillor P Kendall.

 

A vote was taken, the motion was unanimously agreed.

The motion was carried.

 

The Licensing and Compliance Officer and the applicant and their representative returned to the meeting.

 

The applicant was informed of the decision and its reasons.

 

Decision/Reasons

 

Members had considered the application, the officer’s report, representations from the applicant and advice from officers. The Panel also considered relevant legislation and the Council’s Vehicle Age Policy.

 

The Panel had decided to delegate powers to officers to grant the vehicle licence for one year, delegating the power thereafter to the Licensing and Compliance Specialist for any subsequent renewal as outlined in the officer’s report. 

The Panel considered that the vehicle was suitable to be licensed as a hackney carriage vehicle.  The Panel considered the fact that the applicant had been unable to renew the previous licence before it expired only due to the fact that they were unable to get the repairs done by the garage before the renewal date. The Panel also considered the fact that the vehicle was now compliant with section 3 of the Vehicle Age Policy.

 

If the applicant was aggrieved by the decision of the Panel, they could appeal to the Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of the decision.